ISLAMABAD (updated on: 2011-02-02 20:51:28 PST):
The Federal Government has approved an amount of Rs 90 million to Civil Aviation Authority(CAA) against the project of construction of new Gwadar International Airport.

Under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), the amount has been released to CAA and Rs 50 million were utilized during 2008-09 and Rs 40 million in the year 2009-10, Minister for Defence, in a written reply, informed Upper House of the Parliament on Wednesday.

The utilization of funds include Rs 5.000 million for topographic survey, Rs 2.500 million for soil investigation, Rs 50.000 million for design consultancy, Rs 1.300 million for purchase of vehicle, Rs 1.275 million for salary of staff, 0.829 million for press advertisement and Rs 29.096 for civil works during the period.

The CAA governed under Section-5 of the Civil Aviation Ordinance, 1982 ensure provision of civil airports and aerodromes, air traffic services to aircrafts, communication services at the airports, aeronautical and flight inspection services to all aircrafts registered in the country.

The Minister said the authority also provide search and rescue services, crash fire and rescue services at all the airports and management of estates aty airports and aerodromes.

It also approve estimates of development projects and maintenance works and award of contracts for its establishment and undertake any approved work, incur any expenditure, procure plant, raise finances for the development projects.

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